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Stephen F. Banta

Stephen F. Banta

Lockhart Park, LLP
  • Bankruptcy, Business Law, Employment Law...
  • Arizona
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Steve Banta is of counsel to the Arizona office of Lockhart Park, LLP. He was born and raised in Payson, Arizona and has made the Phoenix area his home since 1987. He attended the University of Arizona and received a B.S. in Animal Sciences in 1993. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2000 from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Mr. Banta’s legal career began with Lewis and Roca, LLP in Phoenix, where he was trained in, among other things, commercial litigation, insurance and construction litigation. Today he similar focuses his practice on litigation matters, with a special emphasis on insurance, employment, construction and general liability defense. He recently obtained a directed verdict for the defense during a jury trial on a $7,000,000 breach of contract claim.

Steve works closely with Managing Partner Bob Lockhart to aggressively defend the firm’s clients through arbitration and trial in both state and federal courts throughout Arizona.

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Law
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Of Counsel
Lockhart Park, LLP
Law Offices of Stephen F. Banta, P.L.L.C.
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Lewis and Roca, LLP
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
Activities: Articles Editor, Arizona Law Review
University of Arizona
B.S. / Animal Science
Professional Associations
Arizona State Bar
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Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. Can a home based consulting business and a seperate delivery business be under the same LLC if ran by one person?
A: Yes, but it is not ideal. Why not spend a little extra money and form another LLC?
Q. I was under Physican Medical Care, My employer sent a certified Dismissal letter to home,dismissing me. Can they do that
A: It really depends on the particular circumstances of your situation, but since Arizona is an "at will" employment state, the answer is probably yes. You should talk to an employment attorney who will give you a free consultation.
A: Yes, you can file for bankruptcy while you are employed. If your gross salary is above a certain threshold (based on family size), you may be prevented from filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and have to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Find a bankruptcy lawyer who will give you a free consultation.
Q. Does arizona law allow mandatory overtime
A: Arizona does not have an overtime law, and yes, your employer is entitled to have you work mandatory overtime. However, if your employer is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal overtime laws apply. Here is a link to the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. You can find many helpful answers there, including the phone number for the Arizona office of the Wage and Hour Division.
Q. I'm out under FMLA leave. My employer advertised for my position and replaced me while out. What can I do?
A: Until you go back to work and find out whether you still have your position there is no legal claim. If you find at that point that you have truly lost your position, consult an employment attorney.
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Lockhart Park, LLP
Arizona Office
6619 N Scottsdale Rd
Suite D
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Telephone: (480) 658-2268
Fax: (855) 368-1020
48 N. MacDonald
Mesa, AZ 85201
Telephone: (480) 707-2835